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#5943 of 8199 Now I understand the complaints . . .
Dec 13, 2001 (2:22 pm)
Hi - been gone for a while as we sold our 2000 ML 320 a few months back prior to moving. Alwasy loved the truck and thought it was great and was always confused by the complaints that it was a 'cheap mercedes', etc. Note that this was our first Mercedes after many Toyotas.
Well I purchased an E320 this week and now I understand many of the complaints from folks that owned an E or S and bought an M assuming that they would get the same level of comfort/refinement for $20K less. The E is tighter, quieter, more upscale, etc. . .but it SHOULD be for the extra $.
Don't get me wrong - I would buy an ML in a heartbeat if I again needed an SUV. But, I understand previous MB owners disappointment if they were expecting an E/S in ML clothes/price.
Dec 13, 2001 (3:24 pm)
Thanks to a dried tree branch which my ML430 rubbed against, trying to get out of the way of an ambulance, there is a fine scratch almost the length of the vehicle above the doors. How do I fix this?
Also, I saw today what appeared to be a rust spot on the front, the size of a pin head. Is this covered under the warranty?
#5945 of 8199 Keyless remote
Dec 13, 2001 (3:46 pm)
Has anyone else here had a problem with keyless remotes on MB vehicles? Both my wife's ML and my SLK are plague with a sluggish remote, although the ML's is much worse. We have changed batteries, so that's not the problem. The remote on a E Class loaner I recently had was so severly diminished - it would only work if you were standing directly next to the vehicle.
My Sister and son have the same problem with their C Class remotes. In past vehicles I've owned you could open, and lock the vehicles from a great distance. My wife posted this message on several MB sites, and we were surprised to find how many people had also learned a battery change wouldn't help. Any suggestions?
Dec 13, 2001 (9:02 pm)
Neicey, my E430 seems to work ok. How far you are talking about? Mine seems to work 20-30 feet away. (two year old battery's) I have to say that my '99 Jeep seemed to work farther away but the E seems adequate.
Dec 13, 2001 (9:50 pm)
I'm Tom Pham from San Jose, Ca. Last Saturday, I
finally purchased a 2002 ML320 in desert silver/java
with M1, M5, Bose w/6 CD and heated seat and will add
a polish step bar, polish grill guard and rear spoiler
next week. I was thinking to buy an Accura Mdx but
decide to buy the ML instead.
My last suv was a 1988 Isuzu Rodeo.
But now it is a 2002 ML320. It's a beautiful one.
I already drove for more than 200 miles so I don't know how
its handleing in a long trip yet. But I noticed that I can hear wind noises come either from front side window or somewhere on the front when the speed was over 45miles or more. I was sure that all window closed tight too.
My other 1993 Nissan Maxima has no wind noises until it gets over 65 miles or more.
Did anyone notice any wind noises from your suv?.
#5948 of 8199 Vague Ride - ML430
Dec 14, 2001 (4:44 am)
Mark156 and biker5, thanks for the feedback.
Tires are going to need replacement in 5K miles or so, but that shouldn't completely fix my problem - the shocks and/or springs are my suspect areas. (Vague handling in corners could be fixed with better/newer tires, but the bouncing/rocking I get going over the smallest bumps seems to me to point to something different).I will try with the dealer service group next week to see what they are willing to do under warranty - not sure I will be as sucessful as biker5 - did not buy from the dealership.
Any new recommendations out there on replacement tires. Seems like Mercedes is going to car type tires on new models vs. truck/SUV tires in the past. I would like criper handling, so the Dunlop SP5000s are interesting, but not sure how smooth or quiet they will be vs. a Michelin Xterrain or the Continentals I heard they are puttin on 2002s. Not a lot to select from in the 275/55/17 size. Have heard the Pirelli's are noisy.
#5949 of 8199 Thinking of purchasing a used 1998 ML320
Dec 14, 2001 (8:39 am)
I was thinking about purchasing a used (1998) ML320. I checked Consumer Reports and they did not give it a good rating. In fact, they have it on their "worst used car list". I wasn't sure if they were stating that is was a bad car in general or if compared to other cars in it's class. I am also concerned about purchasing a used ML320 as opposed to buying - say a NEW Toyota Rav4 - that would have a warrenty. Does anyone know what exactly Consumer Reports problems with the car are? Any thoughts? Any advice?
#5950 of 8199 re: keyless remote - distance
Dec 14, 2001 (9:25 am)
Try "under the chin" trick for distance.
#5951 of 8199 Taking The Plunge
Dec 14, 2001 (9:41 am)
I will be purchasing a 2002 ML320 with M1 & M5. Has anyone purchased one recently in the SoCal area and received a really good deal. Also I'll be adding a different aftermarket radio & CD-any suggestions on a good quality one? Is it worth getting Xenon lights? Thanks for the help.
Dec 14, 2001 (10:19 am)
Been a long time since I've checked this board. I only recognize you, Biker5!
I am thinking about tire chains for my '00ML320. Any suggestions? I live here in SoCal, but am planning some trips to Big Bear, Idlewilde, etc. Don't think I'll need them, but CHP requires them occasionally.
Where to buy, how much, etc....